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09-12-2001, 06:36 AM
I usually suffer with severe Bronchitis almost every second month and i was wondering, is it associated with my SCI? I know that my drinking (in the process of stopping) contributes to it but, is or could Bronchitis be a side-effect of SCI? If so, how do i prevent it and what are the best medcine's to take to cure it?
09-12-2001, 08:17 AM
Shawn, did you have any respiratory problems prior to your SCI? Do you smoke? Do you have allergies? These 3 things can all contribute to bronchitis.
I assume that you are followed by a physician who knows SCI as well as a pulmonary specialist if this is a recurrent problem. There are medications that can help, but taking good care of yourself (getting enough rest and sleep, eating right, not smoking, not abusing alcohol or drugs, etc.) can definately reduce your risks. Repeated events of bronchitis can lead to a chronic condition, so cure may not be possible, but it certainly should be possible to reduce the frequency of acute attacks, esp. those that can lead to pneumonia. (KLD)
09-12-2001, 11:07 PM
SCI-Nurse: No, i did not have any respiratory problems prior to my SCI. I don't smoke and i don't have any allergies as well. Currently, i'm seeing a normal physician but, i'll try to get in touch with one who specialises in SCI. Do you mind briefing me on what exactly a "Pulmonary Specialist" is? http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif
09-12-2001, 11:21 PM
This is a physician who specializes in lung and breathing problems. Most are internal medicine physicians (internists) who have had additional training in the specialty of pulmonary medicine. Ask your physician if he/she can refer you to a specialist in this in your area. (KLD)